Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — “Alita: Battle Angel” is holding a slim lead ahead of “Lego Movie 2's” second frame with an estimated four-day take of $29.1 million from 3,790 North American locations.
“Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” meanwhile, is heading for about $25 million for a domestic tally of around $66 million. The two films lead the pack for a relatively sluggish President's Day weekend, with the top 12 films totaling significantly below last year's revenues, which were given a massive boost from the $242 million (four-day) premiere of “Black Panther.”
Robert Rodriguez's cyberpunk action film starring Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar scored $7.53 million on Friday. James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis adapted the script from Yukito Kishiro's manga series “Gunnm,” and the Fox sci-fier holds a 59% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Alita” marks a risk for the studio, with a costly $170 million production budget.
Warner Bros.' “Lego Movie 2,” starring Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks, has taken in $64 million worldwide since its debut last weekend.
Rebel Wilson's “Isn't It Romantic” is opening at 3,444 theaters for a four-day estimate of $14 million. Warner Bros. and New Line's anti-rom-com took in $4.18 million on Friday.
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